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Commins & Hayter hoping to make an impression

We caught up with new arrivals Stuart Commins and Charlie Hayter who joined the Club this week to provide depth in key positions.

Commins joins having previously spent two years with Northampton Saints and having starred for Oxford in the recent Varsity game. He will provide depth at scrum-half and is hoping to be involved in Saturday’s LV=Cup game at Leicester.

“I really enjoyed my two years up at Northampton and I was really keen to get back involved with a Premiership side. Since then I have started a part-time degree in Sustainable Urban Development at Oxford and loved being involved in the Varsity match so when James Wade, our coach there, asked me to come down to Wasps I didn’t hesitate.”

Commins is currently juggling his studies at Oxford with playing for Wasps but says he is managing just fine.

“It is just a matter of balancing my life a bit. There’s plenty of time to play rugby in my week so it is a matter of getting my assignments in on time and so on. There are other boys here who are doing the same thing with their studies as well. I have been training with the boys for a few weeks now and I have been loving it. There are some really experienced guys at half-back at the Club and people like Stephen Jones and Joe Simpson have been big helps already. Everyone’s been very friendly and welcoming.”

Commins added that he hoped to be involved in his first game for Wasps this weekend.

“My aim is to get as much game-time as possible here and maybe push for a longer contract, and I would love that to start this weekend up at Leicester. It’s a very tough place to play but it would be fantastic.”

Charlie Hayter has also joined Wasps this week with the centre having impressed this season for the RFU Championship side Moseley. He gives us his background.

“I was at Nottingham for about three years while I was at University and then I went to Worcester’s Academy. I had a few loan spells at some Championship Clubs and I’ve had a good few months playing with Moseley under my belt and I am really looking forward to being a Wasps player.”

Hayter has a standout game for the RFU Championship XV side recently in a game against the New Zealand Maori and he says that was a fantastic experience.

“We had a great week there and it was a good chance to experience a Barbarians style of environment. I really enjoyed it.”

A player who is comfortable at both inside and outside centre, Hayter feels has learned plenty from the season so far with Moseley.

“We’ve got Kevin Maggs there who is obviously a guy with massive experience in the centre and I learned a lot from him. He gave me lots of opportunity. Now for me it’s about trying to get games here and showing what I can do. All of the boys here are really excited about the potential there is here and I pleased to be a part of that.”